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need Perimeter area recs

Will be staying in the Perimeter area next week and would be most grateful for a heads-up on good, cheap, non-chain eats. Any cuisine is fine as long as its fresh, tasty, and not super expensive.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Will you have a car or be using hotel shuttles and/or public transit? Perimeter is chain restaurant hell, but there are a few gems (and frankly, when I worked up there, I went to Chipotle quite a bit - love it despite it's chain-ness). Assuming you can get around, my other favorite lunch places were:

    C'OM Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill (in the Dunwoody Village shopping center): very fresh Vietnamese bun (rice noodle) dishes with excellent char-grilled meats. I always got the pork bun, my friend always got a dish with grilled meat and flat rice noodles that was also excellent. Papaya salad and spring rolls are also lovely.

    Alon's Bakery (across from Perimeter Mall, behind the Exxon gas station - you can't miss it) is an upscale bakery/sandwich shop/deli - amazing sandwiches, prepared foods, cookies and other baked sweets. Basically it's a European-style market, you can get a beer or small bottle of wine from the cooler and decent prepared food to microwave in your hotel room if you don't feel like going out.

    East 48th Street Market - this is way over in deeper, darker suburban Dunwoody, but it's a lovely little Italian market with amazing sandwiches, house-made mozzerella and sausage, as well as a nice selection of Italian grocery products.

    5 Seasons Brewing at Roswell and 285 has fantastic beer and food (not exactly cheap, but not over the top either, and worth it for quality/local business support).

    You're just a couple exits away from Buford Highway (I'm sure there are threads about it on here somewhere where you can do your research), where there are miles of authentic Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Salvadoran, insert-ethnicity-here-an restaurants.

    If you have a free evening and need to ditch the mall area, use MARTA to go to downtown Decatur and have dinner at Watershed or Leon's Full Service and beers at the Brick Store.

    Have fun!

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    5 Seasons Brewing
    5600 Roswell Road (The Prado), Atlanta, GA 30342

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    1. re: VallieBee

      You've been VERY helpful. Thanks so much. (I will have a car, BTW.)

      1. re: Jeff C.

        That's a great list. I'd add Rumi's on Roswell for a Persian lunch and Wasabi House in Dunwoody for a lunchtime bento box. Also, they're very chain-ish, but Seasons 52 and Chequers aren't bad at all. McKendrick's is good if you're into steakhouses.

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        Wasabi House
        5500 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Ste 31, Atlanta, GA 30338

        Seasons 52
        90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, GA 30346

        1. re: ted

          Seasons 52 actually looks pretty interesting, but I can't seem to find prices on the website. I'm guessing moderate-high?

          1. re: Jeff C.

            It's been a while since we've been, but I don't think they're outrageous. Chequers is probably more expensive, but that's due to the seafood. Going to Seasons 52 next week, mainly b/c one friend is a vegetarian and they have a good veggie plate.

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            Seasons 52
            3050 Peachtree Rd NW Ste 101, Atlanta, GA 30305

            1. re: Jeff C.

              Personally, I would skip Seasons 52. Their efforts at low-sodium, health-conscious food have always left me with bland, underseasoned dishes. We tried it twice and won't go back.

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              Seasons 52
              3050 Peachtree Rd NW Ste 101, Atlanta, GA 30305

              1. re: jboeke

                No salt shakers on the tables? <smiley>

                1. re: Jeff C.

                  Well, here's the roundup of my two days in the Perimeter area:

                  Alon's Bakery--fantastic sandwiches, coffee, and baked goods. Liked it so much we went back for breakfast. (Am craving another Pistachio Croissant right now.)

                  Season's 52--fake sophistication, "tasteful" decor totally devoid of wit of charm, indifferent service and preparation, and, worst of all, a piano lounge singer performing one cliched song after another without a trace of irony. And, yes, jboeke, the food is unforgivably bland. (You don't need salt to impart flavor, after all.)

                  C'OM Dunwoody---Loved this place. Absolutely loved it. Sure, the cocktails are a little overpriced, but when the food is this good, I say let them pocket their markup so they can keep serving those exemplary spring rolls and satay and bun dishes. Great service, too, including the warmest of welcomes from the French owner.

                  1. re: Jeff C.

                    Yay! I have warm fuzzies from helping to save you from potential food hell. Glad you had good experiences!

                    1. re: VallieBee

                      PraisesBee to VallieBee! BTW, I'm already planning that Buford Hwy. ethnic food crawl for when I return in the fall. Any initial thoughts? (Am up for just about anything that meets the criteria above.)

                    2. re: Jeff C.

                      We ate at Seasons 52 last week. I was absorbed catching up with friends and hearing news of their engagement, so I didn't pay that much attention to the setting.

                      We had one of the flatbreads and I had the pork tenderloin, both of which I enjoyed. I thought the tempt-you-with-the-mini-desserts schtick at the end was cheesy, and it was more expensive than I remembered.

                      For acceptable chain-y in the Perimeter area I might have to recommend Chequers going forward. Better food for not much more.

                      After a few years watching Top Chef, I wonder if everyone else is much more of a salt hound than I am.

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                      Seasons 52
                      90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, GA 30346

                      1. re: ted

                        We went right by Chequers at one point, Ted. Wish we had gone there instead...

                      2. re: Jeff C.

                        Sorry you had to suffer Seasons 52. Salt or not, you're right that there's no taste to the food.
                        You've got me excited about C'OM Dunwoody though - I'll have to go there next time we have a babysitter!
                        Glad Sandy Springs/Perimeter was able to give you some good results overall!

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                        Seasons 52
                        90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, GA 30346

                        1. re: jboeke

                          C'OM is MUCH better than you might think given its nondescript strip mall location.

                2. re: ted

                  I never went to Wasabi House and now wish I had - will keep it in mind for next time I'm up that way.

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                  Wasabi House
                  5500 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Ste 31, Atlanta, GA 30338